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Only 77 intensive care beds remain to serve COVID-19 patients

April 20, 2020

The hospital's retraining program continues and the capabilities of the health system continue to expand, says Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez. He claims that medical supplies and equipment will continue to come from China.

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Only 77 intensive care beds remain to serve COVID-19 patientsOnly 77 intensive care beds remain to serve COVID-19 patients

There are already 8,261 confirmed cases of COVID-19 this Sunday, 764 more than the previous day and 686 deaths , that is to say 36 more, reported Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion.

During the Technical Report COVID-19 this Sunday, López-Gatell indicated that there are 10,139 suspects and 31,710 negatives and pointed out that 49,570 people have been studied. Of confirmed cases, 5,212 (63.09%) have been mild and 3,049 (36.91%) have required hospitalization.

The head of the strategy against COVID-19 in Mexico pointed out that seropositive patients could potentially be at a higher risk of developing the severe version of the disease if they are infected, especially if they have immunosuppression.

However, he said that up to half of people who are HIV-positive are not aware of it until it is too late. If you belong to a community with a higher rate of HIV cases, please test yourself, he insisted, remembering that HIV testing and treatment are free in Mexico.

Find your nearest specialized clinic. (For Mexico City, there is one in Condesa; completely free).

Source: Presidency

Enough beds?

For his part, Gustavo Reyes Terán, head of the Coordinating Commission of the National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals, released the figures, until this Sunday, of the hospital reconversion to attend to coronavirus.

The official indicated that of the 526 total beds available to provide care to COVID-19, 449 have been occupied, meaning that only 77 units are available. He explained that once saturated in institutes and hospitals CCINSHAE (Coordinating Commission of National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals), patients will be treated at IMSS.

However, he said that the Hospital Reconversion Program continues and the capabilities of our health system continue to expand. He announced that from Tuesday or Wednesday, there will be 150 more beds available in Mexico City and the State of Mexico, as part of the hospital restructuring.

At the express question of the press, López-Gatell assured that medical supplies and equipment continue to arrive from China, and will continue to do so for as long as necessary.

He also insisted that if you have any symptoms and belong to a vulnerable population (pregnant, over 60 years, hypertension, diabetes, obesity or overweight, kidney failure, liver failure, immunosuppression …) or if you do not have any of the aforementioned conditions , but you are experiencing respiratory failure, then you should go to a hospital or clinic and seek medical attention immediately .

If you are not sure who to call, dial 911. All 911 hotline workers have been trained to provide COVID-19 related guidance.

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